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Organizing to Enable the “High-Touch” Rare Disease Business Model
June 27, 2018

Part IV in a Series on Rare Diseases In Part I of this series, we introduced the fact that rare disease (RD) patients are quite special.  The same is true for the specialists who treat them.  In RD markets, these dynamics create the need for patient-centric treatment approaches and a “high-touch” business model with key …

Rare Disease Centers of Excellence
June 13, 2018

Part III in a Series on Rare Diseases In parts I and II of this series, we provided an overview of the special commercial challenges associated with rare disease (RD) therapies, and we took a deeper dive into one of the most obvious:  Finding patients.   In this installment, we explore rare disease Centers of Excellence …

Finding Patients: A Key Challenge in Rare Diseases
May 30, 2018

Part 2 in a Series on Rare Diseases Part 1 of this series provided an overview of rare diseases and the special challenges they present to biopharmaceutical companies.  In this installment, we explore one of the most basic—and most confounding—of those challenges:  Finding patients. In the European Union, a disease is considered rare when it …

Blue Matter Academy: Investing in Learning
May 25, 2018

Blue Matter Academy (BMA) is Blue Matter Consulting’s in-house learning and development organization.  Officially launched in 2017, BMA’s goal is to provide ongoing learning opportunities for all Blue Matter team members.  Recently, Karen Foster, Learning Strategist and Head of Blue Matter Academy, took the time to answer some common questions about the Academy and Blue …

9th European Conference on Rare Diseases and Orphan Products
ECRD Vienna 2018 Recap
May 15, 2018

Recently (10-12 May), we traveled to Vienna to attend the 9th European Conference on Rare Diseases and Orphan Products (ECRD).  In this article, we describe some of the key takeaways from the conference, and the major implications for biopharmaceutical companies operating in this space. Our Focus on Rare Diseases More than 7,000 diseases are classified …

Rare diseases
Addressing the Special Commercial Challenges in Rare Diseases
March 29, 2018

Part 1 in a Series on Rare Diseases In the European Union, a disease is defined as rare when it affects fewer than five in 10,000 people.  In the United States, the definition is similar:  fewer than seven in 10,000 people.1 For the people affected by rare diseases—and the physicians who treat them—the official definition …